Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Third Base

There wasn’t any bigger disappointment in the Pittsburgh Pirates season in 2011 than what happened with Pedro Alvarez.  Alvarez, drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft, has been the center piece of this current rebuilding process.  Ever since he was drafted, he was seen as a guy who could potentially carry the lineup as a 30-40 home run per year power hitter.  He started showing his power at the end of the 2010 season,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Second Base

The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t have many positions on the field that were held down by just one person throughout the 2011 season.  Second base was one of those rare positions.  Neil Walker played 159 games at the position, starting 155 of those games.  No other player on the roster started more games, and Walker was one of three  players on the team that started over 100 games (with the other two being Andrew McCutchen and Ronny...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: First Base

Heading in to the 2011 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking for a short term answer at first base.  They ended up signing Lyle Overbay, who was coming off a 2010 season where he posted a .243/.329/.433 line in Toronto, which was actually a down year for the first baseman.  Overbay struggled big time with the Pirates, hitting for a .227/.300/.349 line in 352 at-bats before getting released on August 5th.  After he was released,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Shortstop

The Pittsburgh Pirates came in to the 2011 season looking for a long term option to emerge at the shortstop position.  They had signed Ronny Cedeno to a one year, $1.85 M deal, replacing his final year of arbitration.  The deal also included an option for $3 M in 2012.  Despite the option, the expectation at the start of the year was that Cedeno would be replaced by mid-season, and would be gone in 2012. Cedeno started out slow in...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Catcher

The 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates saw eight catchers play at least one game behind the plate.  That was mostly due to injuries to Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, which limited Doumit to 60 games and Snyder to 33 games this season.  Jason Jaramillo came in to the season as the number three catcher, and started the year in Pittsburgh with Snyder on the disabled list.  However, when Snyder and Doumit both went down mid-season, Jaramillo was also...

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Bradenton Marauders 2011 Season Recap: Top Prospects

Our top 10 overall prospects for the Bradenton Marauders factors in all of the individual rankings.  Along with the individual rankings, we also include the best pitcher, hitter, biggest surprise, and biggest disappointments of the year.  The rankings factor in all of the players at the level throughout the year, regardless of whether they’ve been promoted to the majors, and regardless of whether they’ve lost their...

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